The USS Spruance (DD-963), named after Admiral Raymond Spruance, was the
lead ship of the Spruance-class of destroyers. This class of vessel was
designed as an anti-submarine warfare destroyer, and they were the
first U.S. Navy ships to be powered by gas turbines. DD-963 was
commissioned on 20 September 1975 and it had a displacement of 8040
tons. The USS Spruance ranged far and wide, and some of its many duties
included observing the Iran-Iraq War, a maritime blockade of Iraq, a UN
mission in Haiti, and hurricane relief in Florida. The USS Spruance was
decommissioned in 2005, before being sunk as a target for air-launched
Harpoon missiles in December 2006.
Dragon has previously released a 1/700 scale kit of the USS Spruance
class, but the kit has now been completely overhauled and refitted.
After intensive work, it has been relaunched as a Premium Edition kit.
This means all the accuracy and detail of the original kit has been
retained, while new photo-etched parts to replicate the deck railings,
radars, masts and etc. Dragon’s engineers have been careful to ensure
the kit remains convenient to assemble, all the time maximizing the
amount of detail on offer to discerning modelers. This enhanced Premium
Edition kit is ready again to commence any mission assigned to it by